Looked After Children and Young Carers Programme (UK)
The British and Foreign School Society has launched a new programme dedicated to improving approaches to the educational attainment of ‘looked after children' and young carers in the UK. Government data shows that looked after children have significantly poorer educational outcomes than children not in care throughout primary and secondary school, with the gap widening as children get older. Young carers experience similarly poorer educational outcomes and studies suggest that almost a third of young carers experience educational problems, such as absenteeism, as a direct result of their caring role.
The programme offers funding and non-financial support and aims to pilot novel approaches to improving the educational attainment of these children and young carers which can be scaled up so that in time they are able to take advantage of opportunities afforded by tertiary education and employment. Funding of no more than £100,000 will be available over a 3-year period and match funding will be required. Applications will be considered from educational or training institutions which have UK charitable status or, in the case of schools, colleges, universities and Churches, "exempt charity" status.
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